Sewing Camp a Success!

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Clay County 4-H offered a weeklong sewing camp to teens. Liz Hogan with the Mystic Mountain Quilters Guild and a few of its volunteers guided the teens in making 2 projects. First the safety rules were covered in using a sewing machine and an iron.

For the first project, the teens could choose to either make a backpack or a drawstring bag. This activity had the usual steps of pinning, cutting, and then sewing. However, these bags were also lined. The group carried on great conversations while they each had to feed the paracord through the top of the bag in order for it to close.

The second project was similar, but somewhat different. This bag was smaller, not lined, and had a zipper instead of a drawstring. Each of the teens did an outstanding job sewing in the zipper.

Thank you to Liz Hogan and her volunteers of the Mystic Mountain Quilters Guild for teaching this wonderful group of teens. If you have a hobby you would like to share with young people, please call the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Clay County Center at 828-389-6305.

Seylah Brown pinning the pattern for a back pack.

Seylah Brown pinning the pattern for a back pack.

An adult and a teenager inspect a sewing machine on a table.

Liz Hogan checking the machine with Kisa Shook

A girl holds up a handmade drawstring bag.

Ashtyn Smith holding her drawstring bag.

A girl with her back to the camera irons on a tabletop ironing board.

Paleigh Smith ironing her zippered bag.